Treating Allergies Safely – The EpiPen Dilemma

The Great EpiPen Dilemma There has been a great deal of media attention given to the price of the EpiPen in the recent weeks. The EpiPen is used for patients who suffer from an anaphylactic reaction to different allergens, from shellfish to nuts to drug reactions. As many have seen, the price of the EpiPen has risen dramatically and has...

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Central Iowa’s First Med-Peds Physician Joins The Iowa Clinic

Dr. Ryan Tomlinson provides primary care for patients from birth to advanced ages with complex cases. By BJ Towe Ryan Tomlinson, M.D., is a primary care physician with unusual credentials: He’s board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med-Peds), meaning he’s trained to care for patients throughout their lives. In addition to caring for otherwise healthy children and adults, Dr. Tomlinson...

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Prostate Health

What every man should know By BJ Towe Located in front of a man’s rectum and just below his bladder, the prostate gland is part of the reproductive system and produces semen. When a man is around age 25, this gland is about the size and shape of a walnut. But then it begins to grow – and for many...

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Does an Elevated PSA Mean Cancer?

Does an elevated PSA (prostate-specific antigen) mean cancer? Not necessarily. By BJ Towe The PSA test measures the level of prostate-specific antigen in the blood, which can detect the early signs of an enlarged prostate – and may be a sign of prostate cancer. But it is not foolproof. An enlarged prostate, prostate infection, urinary tract infection, medications, and several...

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Iowa Clinic Patient Leads Efforts for Men’s Health

Mark Good, prostate cancer survivor, continues to raise awareness about the disease that is the second most common cancer among men. By BJ Towe Mark Good has been cancer-free for two-and-a-half years. And he’s on a mission to raise awareness about prostate cancer and the importance of finding it early, when it can be most easily treated. In addition to...

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Prostate Cancer Survivor Continues to Educate and Advocate

Mark Good wants everyone to know how to prevent the second-most common cause of cancer deaths among men. By BJ Towe At 57 years old, Mark Good is pretty young to have had prostate cancer. But nearly three years ago, when a blood test showed elevated levels of a prostate-specific antigen (PSA), he “knew” he had the disease – even...

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Nine things you should know to guard against this inflammatory illness that can cause arthritis, neurological and cardiac disorders. Written By BJ Towe Each year, approximately 25,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported nationally, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. Fortunately, with 3.5 cases per 1,000 people, Iowa’s incidence of Lyme disease is still relatively low....

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College Bound!

Tips to help parents (and their students) transition to safe and healthy campus life. Written By BJ Towe Like most new adventures, leaving home for college is exciting and perhaps a little terrifying. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says some advanced planning and the simple offer of support can make the transition easier – for both you and your...

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The Truth About Flu Vaccines

Advice for 2016: Avoid a repeat of 2014’s deadly flu epidemic; get a flu shot. By BJ Towe “Devastating” is the word Kevin Cunningham, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and an Internal Medicine physician with The Iowa Clinic, uses to describe 2014’s flu season in Iowa. The number of flu cases, hospitalizations, and deaths – even among otherwise healthy individuals – reached...

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Iowa Clinic CEO, Ed Brown Featured in Business Record’s Photo Issue

Our CEO, Ed Brown was recently featured in Des Moines Business Record‘s photo issue! CLICK HERE to see his excerpt.

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